First of all I stayed here just for one night to visit Osaka University for a business purpose. Be aware, there are "floors for smokers"; even though I am a smoker, I felt disgusting smell of smoke once I got out of the lift to the floor.
My understanding is that the key factor of this hotel is a product of location x cleanliness.
If you are a traveller with some curiosity but who may feel nausea while finding the carpets under you stained, this hotel may be the best buy. This new hotel is absolutely clean, and looking nice. The location, the Honmachi Area, is an area representative of a local business communities. This means, in Japan, people here are not very posh, although there are a range of Japanese restaurants and local bars for local people with amazing prices. I am almost sure that you will never come across cheating or fearful situations (like that expected in other Asian cities or other parts in Osaka) even if you walk around in this area at midnight.
If you are a traveller with "full-blown" curiosity, or an Asia freak, this hotel could be less than average. The location is not very suitable for those travellers who are expected to prefer happiness to cleanliness/order, since, in Osaka, there are many other areas suitable for persuing "instinctive" happiness; the spots may include e.g. Imasato for Okonomiyaki (An Osaka-style salty pancake), Tennoji for a myriad of small, old downtown streets, Tsuruhashi for Korean dishes elaborated through the Osaka's longstanding histories for gourmet. All these areas are not within a reach of walk. To stay hotels or B&B's (Ryokan) in the Eastern part of the city is recommended for these travellers.
If you are an academic kind of person visiting Osaka Univ, the hotel is too far away to/from the University; it takes 5000 JPY for taxi. Yes there is a metro station nearby, and there is a direct connection to a station nearby to Osaka Univ, but, unbelievably, during the daytime there are only 3 connections per hour from Sakaisuji-Honmachi (the nearby station to the Hotel) to Yamada (Osaka U). Therefore avoid thinking about using Brown Metro Line when you go to Osaka U.
For me, I love the location of this hotel for night life but was a poor choice for visit to Osaka U; absolutely the room was clean, but tiny, and I found nothing special. As a total, I rate this room as normal or slightly above normal for the price.
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